ON THE LINKS Thursday’s pro golf roundup

Champ ahead at Sanderson Farms


Cameron Champ shot a 7-under 65 on Thursday in wet, windy and unseasonably cool conditions at the Country Club of Jackson to take the first-round lead in the Sanderson Farms Championship.

On the par-4 18th, Champ blasted a 347-yard drive and hit his approach to 4 feet to set up his fifth back-nine birdie. The 23-year-old earned his PGA Tour card on the Web.com Tour last season.

Cameron Tringale was a stroke back, and Rory Sabbatini, D.J. Trahan, Andres Romero, Chad Ramey and Robert Streb followed at 67.

There were still 12 players on the course when play was suspended because of darkness. Seth Reeves was at 5 under through 16 holes.

Reed takes early lead at HSBC Champions


Patrick Reed returned from his post-Ryder Cup break with a bogey-free round in windy conditions for an 8-under 64 and a two-shot lead Thursday in the HSBC Champions.

Reed putted for birdie on every hole at Sheshan International, a remarkable feat in such tricky weather. He missed only one green, and that was just on the fringe. The Masters champion closed with a 25-foot birdie putt on the par-4 ninth hole.

Tony Finau and Xander Schauffele were two shots behind at 66, giving this World Golf Championship a distinctive American flavor.

Brooks Koepka, in his debut at No. 1 in the world, made 16 pars, one birdie and one bogey in a round of 72.

Defending champion Justin Rose made bogey on his final hole for a 69.

Shadoff shoots 65 at Taiwan Championship


Jodi Ewart Shadoff shot 7-under 65 on Thursday to take a two-stroke lead after the first round of the LPGA Taiwan Championship.

Shadoff made seven birdies in a bogey-free round at the Ta Shee Golf and Country Club to finish ahead Haeji Kang and Nelly Korda.

Kang also was bogey-free in shooting 67, while Korda eagled the par-5 third hole and added four birdies against a lone bogey.

Ally McDonald offset a double bogey with six birdies and was a further stroke back with Moriya Jutanugarn, local favorite Wei Ling Hsu, Jeong Eun Lee and So Yeon Ryu.

Defending champion Eun Hee-ji shot 70 and was tied for 13th in a large group that included Brook Henderson and Chella Choi.

Associated Press

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